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Also spotted on siliconshaman, here:

Worrying signs of extinction level event being triggered by BP oil disaster.

"Methane is now streaming through the porous, rocky seabed at an accelerated rate and gushing from the borehole of the first relief well. The EPA is on record that Rig #1 is releasing methane, benzene, hydrogen sulfide and other toxic gases. Workers there now wear advanced protection including state-of-the-art, military-issued gas masks.

Reports, filtering through from oceanologists and salvage workers in the region, state that the upper level strata of the ocean floor is succumbing to greater and greater pressure. That pressure is causing a huge expanse of the seabed-estimated by some as spreading over thousands of square miles surrounding the BP wellhead-to bulge. Some claim the seabed in the region has risen an astounding 30 feet.

A huge gash on the ocean floor—like a ragged wound hundreds of feet long—has been reported by the NOAA research ship, Thomas Jefferson. Before the curtain of the government enforced news blackout again descended abruptly, scientists aboard the ship voiced their concerns that the widening rift may go down miles into the earth.

That gash too is hemorrhaging oil and methane. It’s 10 miles away from the BP epicenter. Other, new fissures, have been spotted as far as 30 miles distant."

Uh oh…


( 3 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 11th, 2010 02:12 pm (UTC)
I don't even know what to sat or where to begin about my feelings on all of this. It just sickens me! I don't really blame BP... they just had the misfortune of being the first oil company that this happened to. They are ALL to blame... and so are the people who use their products and keep them in business... namely us. It is just inconceivable that they knew something like this could happen someday, knew what a mess it would make, and had no plan at all for dealing with it. I feel bad for all of the people who are being affected by this but I feel worse for the wildlife. Our way of life and pocketbooks are being affected but they are loosing their homes, their lives and some entire species may disappear forever. For what?!
Jul. 11th, 2010 02:25 pm (UTC)
*snerk* this is why we don't break the damn ocean.
Jul. 11th, 2010 10:18 pm (UTC)
I'd just like to point out that the UK Government's chief medical advisor predicted 65,000 deaths in the UK alone by the end of 2009 from swine flu. By the middle of may 2010, the UK total was standing somewhere around 350 (pretty sad for the families of those people, but nowhere near the predicted totals).

I suspect this falls into the category we've talked about before where the media (and government sources) talk up the worst case scenario to sell the news. The reality will be much tamer.
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